Trust and trustworthiness in the fourth and fifth estates

Collins, Richard (2009). Trust and trustworthiness in the fourth and fifth estates. International Journal of Communication, 3 pp. 1–20.

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Abstract

We live in an age of communication technologies.1 It should be easier than it used to be to check out strangers and institutions, to test credentials, to authenticate sources, and to place trust with discrimination. Unfortunately, many of the new ways of communicating don't offer adequate, let alone easy, ways of doing so. The new information technologies are ideal for spreading reliable information, but they dislocate our ordinary ways of judging one another's claims and deciding where to place our trust (O’Neill 2002 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/print/radio4/reith2002/lecture5.shtml print).2

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